Book Review – Growth: From Microorganisms to Megacities

Author: Vaclav Smil (MIT Press, 2019) There are few terms as pervasive in discussions about contemporary cities than “growth”. It... Read More

WexPOPS pops-up in a vibrant suburban stripmall

WexPOPS is a pilot of the plazaPOPS project, an initiative spearheaded by Daniel Rotsztain, aka The Urban Geographer, and Brendan... Read More

Book Review – The Smart Enough City: Putting Technology In Its Place To Reclaim Our Urban Future

Author: Ben Green (MIT Press, 2019)  This book is about the battle for the future of cities. The smart city may represent the next... Read More

Book Review – The Largest Art: A Measured Manifesto for a Plural Urbanism

Author: Brent D. Ryan (MIT Press, 2017) Contemporary cities are the most complex entities humanity has ever created. To be sure, we... Read More

Notes from Charlottetown

As the new BC/Yukon regional director of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, I recently had the privilege of meeting in June... Read More

A window into making the city of glass greener and happier

Tea leaves won’t reveal the truth. Instead, study Vancouver’s windows and you’ll see that the city’s aspirations to be green and... Read More

Why New West Station’s Plaza 88 is one of a kind

You’ll lose your breath trying to describe Plaza 88. It wraps an elevated SkyTrain station with seven storeys of parking and two... Read More

Event – UBC Heritage Vancouver Tour & Talk, June 12th

Heritage Vancouver Tour & Talk: War Memorial Gym and Heritage at UBC DATE: Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 TIME: 6:30-9:30 PM COST... Read More

Book Review – Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design

Author: Kat Holmes (The MIT Press, 2017) The idea of universal design is powerful and (hopefully) prevalent in everything designers... Read More

What Vancouver Housing Needs Is Some Public Process Sorcery

The recent publication of former Vancouver head planner Larry Beasley’s new book Vancouverism provides an opportunity for us to both... Read More